Thursday, August 12, 2010

Another Favorite: Miss M's Over-Attention Problem

Some dogs don't listen enough. But, with Miss M., she listens too much. She seems to have an over-attention problem.
I initially thought it was charming. She literally caught my eye at the adoption event and I thought I had found the perfect dog for me. Little did I realize, I couldn't relax in my own home anymore. There was always someone watching and listening.
She even does this to other people when we go for walks. In our old neighborhood, people found her quite menacing. They would cross the street because they thought she wanted to eat them.
On the other hand, it is this over-attention that has made her so trainable. I wouldn't say she's especially smart, but because she pays such close attention she has actually learned human language. She knows the difference between "go to daycare" (running and jumping around) and "go take a bath" (backing up and leaving the room). She knows certain friends names, and responds to an array of commands. So even though she looks like a cartoon, she keeps the scary people on the streets away from us, and can keep us entertained as a circus dog

19 comments:

Two Crazy Coaches said...

I'm always amazed at how much dogs understand. I'd rather have an extra good listener than a dog who ignores me!

jet said...

That stare is like a Border Collie!

Hound Girl said...

Thats exactly why I have a lab who will listen to my since my goofy bloodhound makes me think he is deaf sometimes!! I would love to have Miss M hanging on my every word!

Corbin said...

She's a super cutie!!!
-Corbin

Traci said...

Miss M is so cute! I agree with Two Crazy Coaches and Hound Girl that I'd love to have a dog really listening to me since mine is so stubborn she hears only what she wants to hear :) The words "out" and "treat" are a few that she actually responds to!

Kate@TwentySixToLife said...

That's hilarious. Ms. M cracks me up!

mayziegal said...

Awwww...you have your very own little stalker! I likes to stare at people on our walkies, too. I'm thinking, "Pet me, pet me, pet me." But it's surprising how few times that ever works.

Wiggles & Wags,
Mayzie

honey_baby said...

Aw, I love it! Sock does the creepy staring thing, too. I finally just had to accept that he was going to freak people out occasionally. I love her sweet face. :)

brooke said...

Aww Miss M! I love her face!

About the insurance... Im pretty sure they cover emergency vet visits... I think the only thing they dont cover is the exam fees. But the xrays, sedation, prescriptions and such I think they will cover. I'll let you know for sure when we hear from them!

little princess Luna~ said...

she's got the beauty and the brains~!! awwww ms. m--i just wanna hug you and kiss the smushy face~!!!

xo,
luna

Muchadoaboutnothing said...

The 3 Musketeers only listen to me when they want to come inside or they want cookies. Then, they're all at attention.

3 doxies said...

Ooooh you smart gitl Miss M. Me, I so NOT trainable...yup, just asks my mum.
You funny girl, I likes you and I will borrow dat tutu oneday. Your fotos cracked my mum up all overs da place.

Puddles

road-dog-tales said...

Miss M - You are too cool for words - and so smart to have your humans trained to think you're paying attention to them. We know you're really hypnotizing them to obey your every command! How's it working?
The Road Dogs

Roo said...

Hilarious! That's a good thing that her fierce looks and stares keep the bad humans away :)

Gave you an award on today's post :) Just want you to know I'm thinkin bout ya,
Roo

PeeS: The acceptance rules take a bit of work. No worries if you want to just nod and smile ;)

houndstooth said...

Perhaps she has a future with the FBI! She definitely has an intense gaze, but I think it's very cute!

ForPetsSake said...

Well done, Miss M! The eyes say it all - she seems to be taking it all in.

Sue said...

We've often commented that our dogs are always listening, even when they appear to be sleeping. If they hear a phrase in our conversation that they recognize, they're at attention till we acknowledge them.

Sam said...

I don't know how they could find her scary - she is so cute!

Sam

Mango said...

There is a difference between paying attention and a blank stare. Momma says when I get the blank stare that I AM a scary doggie because I go deaf. But paying attention to the humans is important because they have so many different signals.

Slobbers,
Mango

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